John Branch’s sickness has dominated the lives of all those around him, consuming all it can from well-intentioned doctors, compassionate strangers, and trusting loved ones. His chronic illness also bonds him intimately to his wife Susan, trapping them in relationship of unhealthy psychological attachment.
But John’s disease isn’t the only blight in the Branch family.
Injured and loaded with Demerol, John Branch tells his life story from his filthy sickbed, confessing the horrific secrets of the past. Most disturbing of all, he reveals the philosophy he’s constructed around his condition and tries to indoctrinate Susan.
Will she stay with him now that she finally knows the truth, or will she put an end to the madness?
Sicker was disturbing in the best way possible. The story picks up where the first novella, Sick, left off. In Sicker, instead of Suze narrating the story, her husband John takes over and I get to see the world through his eyes.
Most of the book is used to tell John’s story, explaining why he is the way he is. The story was compelling and heartbreaking. I found myself sympathizing with him, which is something I didn’t expect. Even more surprising, I found myself physically flinching every time he was hurt. I could clearly imagine it happening, which always makes for a better reading experience.
I really liked how in depth Sicker went into the human desire to be loved and cared for. It made something I never thought I would relate to, well, relatable. Much to my own horror (again, in the best way possible), I could see the reasoning behind John’s sickness.
The actual time elapsed in the book is hours at most. John spends the time explaining his past to Suze and convincing her to be okay with his sickness. I am very interested to see what happens next, and I can’t wait for the final novella, Sickest, to come out!
I am going to give Sicker four out of five hearts.
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* I was given this book for free by the author in exchange for an honest review. This has not in any way impacted my views or opinions of the book.